Data Clay Symposium & Exhibition
Opening: Friday, February 6, 6–8pm
Symposium: Saturday, February 7, 9am–5pm
CCA California College of the Arts
1111 Eighth Street, San Francisco CA
California College of the Arts is pleased to host the Data Clay Symposium, a one-day event presented by the Architecture and Fine Arts divisions on Saturday, February 7. The symposium is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Data Clay: Digital Strategies for Parsing the Earth, January 17 through April 19, at the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco. A special opening reception for the symposium will be held at the museum.
The event will focus on the use of digital tools and ceramic materials—a hot topic now in architecture, fabrication, digital craft, ceramics, and sustainability circles. Armed with technologies of advanced modeling, 3D printing, and digital machining techniques, today's designers and artists are able to explore with renewed vigor complex relationships that have always been critical within the ceramic tradition: interiority and exteriority, porosity and containment, surface and figuration, singularity and multiplicity.
Through this symposium, leading architects, artists, designers, researchers, and critics will seek to define the relationships among the precision of digital technologies, craft sensibilities, and earthen materials.
Dries Verbruggen, Unfold Studio, Antwerp
Andy Brayman, Matter Factory, Kansas City
Laura Devendorf, School of Information, UC Berkeley
Jason Kelly Johnson, Architecture, CCA; and Future Cities Lab, San Francisco
Ron Rael, Architecture, UC Berkeley; and Emerging Objects, Oakland
Jenny Sabin, Architecture, Cornell University
Jenni Sorkin, Art History, UC Santa Barbara
Michael Swaine, Ceramics, CCA; and Future Farmers, San Francisco
Stephanie Syjuco, Sculpture, UC Berkeley; and artist, San Francisco
Bobbye Tigerman, Associate Curator, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Del Harrow, Ceramics, Colorado State University
Joshua Stein, Architecture, Woodbury University; and Radical Craft, Los Angeles
Symposium funding was generously supported in part by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Artsand the CCA Digital Craft Lab. This research was supported by a Craft Research Fund grant from The Center of Craft, Creativity & Design, Inc.
About Data Clay
Data Clay connects a nascent movement of architects, artists, and designers exploring the medium of ceramics coupled with new digital technologies. In recent years, a renewed interest in the potential transformation of basic materials into complex hybrid systems has pushed ceramics to the forefront of innovation in the allied design fields. By sharing innovative projects and techniques, Data Clay aims to promote continued research into this digital reworking of the earth.
About California College of the Arts
CCA San Francisco is the hub for design innovation and experimental art, architecture and design in the Bay Area. Its downtown campus is located in a 120m long former bus depot and is home to a world-class fabrication and digital design facility adjacent to its design studio spaces.